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Sunday, May 4, 2008

If you're looking for it

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I don't know if anyone still has this blog bookmarked now that it's returned to it's blogspot roots, but if you're looking for Intermisison at Work, please follow the link. I'm going to be using this as a more personal blog, as I think less people will be reading it and I can express myself more fully. If you read it, please don't be offended by any ranting or other stuff I may post here. Like I said, this is personal, and I won't be sharing this with too many people.... Thanks!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Joe's Review: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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I've been holding back a bit on the posting frequency (nothing new) but mainly because I don't want to have too many posts to transfer over to the new blog. It's nearly complete, and I'm really excited! But anyway, onto a review of the newest Harold and Kumar movie.

First off, if you haven't seen the first movie yet, stop reading this review, and go check it out. Well... you can keep reading, but make sure to watch the first movie before seeing this one. It's really worth it to see both I think. They're just the type of comedy movie that I've been craving for this year.

So what is all the hype about? Well, Harold and Kumar are a couple of pot loving, fun craving guys. They're also almost completely opposite of each other. Harold is the more conservative, cautions asian guy... and Kumar is the in-your-face, do what it takes Indian guy. Mash em together, throw in a little Neil Patrick Harris... and you got some great cinema.

Ok, so maybe it's not great, but I can guarantee that you'll get at least a few cheap chuckles out of it. Escape from Guantanamo Bay takes place merely hours after the original movie, with the guys packing their bags and making their way to the airport, so they can head off to Amsterdam. At the airport, they run into Vanessa, an old flame of Kumar's. She's set to get married to Colton, a Daddy's boy, who's dad just happens to work for the Department of Homeland security. After a little bit of reminiscing, the boys set off onto their plane, and get ready for what they think will be the best trip of their lives.

Only one problem. Kumar can't wait until they get to Amsterdam to take a hit. So he whips out his special contraption to allow him to smoke on the plane. Unfortunately, someone sees him using it, and mistakes him for a terrorist. Harold and Kumar are taken into custody, and placed in Guantanamo Bay! What are they going to do now??!

Well, you'll have to see the movie to find out. I don't think you'll be disappointed though, especially if you've seen the first one. Escape from Guantanamo Bay is a bit more serious than the first, in that it has a pretty complete story. However, expect a lot of the same types of laughs that made you love the first one, and then some. This is some good ol' fashioned stupid comedy at its best. For me, it falls in the same class as Superbad, Wedding Crashers, and the like. I think I might actually like this one better, because it's more over the top.

That being said, this one gets a 9 out of 10 for me. Would've been better in a full auditorium, but you can't get everything you want!

If you've seen it... let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Movies This Weekend! 4/25/08

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Hey all! Almost done with the redesign for this blog, and I can't wait to reveal it. Hopefully this will help increase the profile of the site, so that I can help you guys promote also! Of course, you can always check out the LAMB to help promote your blog... that is, if it's a movie blog! Anyway, I know why you've come here... it's Tuesday, so that means movie previews for the weekend! This week actually features some movies that I really want to see, so I'm fairly excited!

Baby Mama - Katie Holbrook is a single, successful businesswoman, and has always put her career in front of her personal life. Now, at age 37, she is finally determine to have a child of her own. When she finds out that her chances of having a child are less than a million to one, she goes to find a surrogate mother. That mother is Angie Ostrowiski. When Angie gets pregnant, Katie goes into nesting mode, learning all she can about taking care of children, baby-proofing her home, and more. Her plans are turned upside down when her surrogate mother shows up at her doorstep without a place to live. Faced with a huge challenge, the two forces collide as Katie tries to structure Angie's life, and Angie wants none of it.

How's it gonna do? - I'm looking forward to this one, and I hope that I have the time to see it. Tina Fey has seemed to have so many hits lately, and I don't think she goes wrong with this one either. Amy Poehler as her counterpart makes it even better, as I think the two of them have some great chemistry, especially since they were both on Saturday Night Live. Look for this one to hit the number 2 spot at the Box Office this weekend!

Deception - Jonathan leads a boring life. However, things get much more exciting when he meets a lawyer named Wyatt. Jonathan soon finds that Wyatt's life is much darker than he could ever imagined, and he may be in over his head.

How's it gonna do? - To be honest, I have no idea what this movie is about,a nd I've never heard anything about it before. It does have some pretty big stars in Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, and Hugh Jackman. But I don't know anything else about it, so I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and hope that it appeals to some of the crowds... #4 this weekend!

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - A continuation on one of the greatest stoner movies ever. In their first adventure, they traveled all over the place to find their coveted White Castle Burgers. In their second adventure, they find themselves in trouble after sneaking on a plane to Amsterdam. Now being suspected as terrorists, they run from the law and are forced to find a way to try to clear their name. What follows is one of the funniest, most politically incorrect movies you'll find to date!

How's it gonna do? - My slam dunk pick for number 1 this weekend. I loved the first one, and it always seems to come out when I'm quoting something funny. I think it's rated R... I can't tell from its page on Rotten Tomatoes, but I think it will help this one, like Superbad. In fact, that's the movie I'd compare it to most when it comes to recent movies. I hope that it will perform as well as Superbad, because we need another good comedy... at least I need one!

That's it for the movies this weekend.... I can't wait for two of them. The ones that I actually knew something about, lol. Anything you're looking forward to this weekend?

Images from this post come from Movie Poster dot Com.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Top 5 Reasons I don't Want You at my Theatre!

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Blargh! I know that being in the movie industry (well, movie theatre industry) means that you should be doing everything you can to get people to the movies. Well, I have to admit that there are certain people I don't want at the movies. I'm not talking about just the ones that are disruptive during movies (though that's really annoying as well), I'm talking about plain ol' don't come to the movies! Here are my top 5.

You are under 16, and it's a Friday Night Thriller/Horror
- These kids are the bane of a movie theatre manager. I don't know what it is about their "pack mentality", but put a movie with some predictable jump scenes, and you've got a Friday night hit.

What exactly do these kids do that make me want them to just stay home? First of all, they all show up at the same time, about 15 minutes before a movie starts. A minor complaint, but it does make things a bit more difficult to keep organized. It only gets worse from there. Before the movie starts, there's the endless chatter, texting, taking pictures (who does that inside a movie theatre?), and arguing. They run around too. Remember your elementary/middle school cafeterias? Well imagine that, times 5. During the movie, they jump at every little thing, scream, talk on their phones, throw food, and are generally little brats.

After the movie is when they really shine. Last week was a prime example with Prom Night. A few kids from nearby towns decided that they were going to fight after the movie. I broke up a couple arguments, and went back inside, as parents began to show up. Of course these kids begin kicking the parents cars, the cops come, and so on and so on. If you happen to fit into any of the description abov, JUST STAY HOME. Parents.... learn to control your kids.

You are intoxicated, and disturb everyone else. This guest is a little more subtle in their disturbance of others, but can be really annoying nonetheless. These types of guests tend to get way too drunk or high before coming to the movies, and you can tell right away that something's gonna happen. The main disturbance with these people is that they fall asleep during movies, or they talk really loudly. Now I have no problem if you fall asleep during a movie, and sometimes it might even be better, but not if you're going to snore!

Snoring guests are the worst because usually they're so drunk, they're impossible to wake up. Just this past friday, I had a guest who was sound asleep, snoring really really loudly, and it took about 5 minutes to wake him up. Shaking, flashlight in the eyes, and screaming into the ear just wasn't working. Add to that you have to be afraid they might lash out when they wake up... and I've had enough. JUST STAY HOME!

You think you're all deserving. This category actually applies to a lot of different types. Daddy's little girls, people who are sure the whole world is against them, the antagonist, the racist.. etc. You can just imagine what these people do. There is no pleasing them. No matter what you do, you've done something to offend them, and they're going to threaten you with the law. You have to be afraid of losing your job, having words put in your mouth, letters being written, insults, and more. Yes, it is part of the job to deal with difficult customers, but there is no reason why you should be threatening or overly aggressive.

If you can't stay calm and be polite in a situation, you probably won't get what you want anyway. What makes you think that you have the right to act like this? JUST STAY HOME!

You have loud children
. Normally, I have no problem with children. I actually enjoy having kids come to the theatre most of the time because they are pleasant, don't usually complain, and are trying to have a good time. I have a problem with the parent more often than the kid usually. For some reason, parents think that their kids are the best kids in the world, and never do any wrong. That's fine, and you are entitiled to your own opinion of them. However, when your kid is crying or causing a disturbance in a theatre, and I ask you to please take them outside until they calm down, and you yell at me, we have a problem.

Like I said before, if you can't control your kids at home, they probably shouldn't be out at a movie theatre, where there are going to be people who are going to be pissed off if something like this happens. You should know in advance what your kids are like. If they don't sit still or can't stay quiet for a couple hours.. JUST STAY HOME! Rent a DVD, and eventually they'll be mature enough to come to the movies.

You're the parent of a kid trying to get into a Rated R movie. One of my pet peeves.. I really love this kind of guest. Actually, they're not really a guest because they're not actually going to the movie themselves. What they're here for is to buy tickets for their kids, then take off so they can have a couple hours peace without their little monsters. Not every theatre is like mine, but we check ids, and don't let these kids into those rated R movies, just like we're supposed to. Then these kids usually try to sneak in, and when we catch them, they call their parents.

Then comes the fun. You have to hear all their reasons.
"I'm here, giving my permission for them to see the movie without me."
"They've done it here before, they always see rated R movies."

"I've never heard that rule before, that must be new."
I've heard all the excuses before. And its not going to work. Screaming at me over the phone, or in person is not going to get you anywhere. I'm not getting shut down because your little prince or princess just HAD to see that movie. And that's final. If you can't take the time to go with them, JUST STAY HOME.

Had to get that off my chest. I'm sure there's more where that came from, and it might seem like working at the theatre sucks, but generally it's a pretty good time, and there are a lot of people I do enjoy seeing come to the movies. In fact, there will be a post about them coming up really soon! :-) That's all for now, hope you enjoyed my rant!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Random Thoughts :-)

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Hi all.. I'm back again this week! I know, it's a shock. I don't really have anything to say about the movies for right now, but some of the stuff I've been up to lately. How about that? Well... even if you don't want to hear it, you're going to because I'm going to write it here anyway.

I've been working out. Oh yeah. My guns feel the pain. Ok, so I don't really have guns but I decided that after more than a year of slacking off, I just can't take being a mess anymore. A lot of people say that I exaggerate, but it's not fun to have clothes that you used to be able to fit into... especially when you really like them. So I decided to do something about it. I admit it's tough to get motivated, but I actually find my time at the gym pretty fun right now. I kinda want to get a new iPod so that I can jam to some tunage while I'm there. Maybe an XM radio. I dunno, I enjoy both.

Moving this blog to wordpress soon. Do you guys have any thoughts on this one? The last blog that I saw moved to wordpress only survived a few weeks. I'm actually working on the customization of a theme that I purchased. You can check out the original theme, created by Brian Gardner. It's part of the Revolution package... and I really like it. I want to make it my own, but I admit that I'm no good at CSS and XHTML and have been breaking things more often than not. But it's all good... do you guys have anything you'd like to see on the new site? Of course, I don't even know who reads this anymore......

For those of you who used to read this and are just having a stop by... what caused you to stop reading? I think that part of the reason is that I don't post as much anymore. I just haven't had the time. Another thing is that I haven't been able to leave comments as much... not really much at all. I have been keeping track of a ton of blogs through my RSS reader. It's really a lifesaver for me, as I wouldn't be able to read as much without it. That's part of the reason why I kinda want a Kindle. That way I could read your blogs whenever! I also toyed with the idea of a wireless broadband card... so that I could post and comment more but:
  • It's too expensive.
  • I don't know how much I would use it.
I love hockey. And if you happen to be my girlfriend... you know this. I know that you put up a lot to be with me in this regard, but you know that I care about you too. It's just something that we'll work through, right babe? Anyway, I went out and watched the Bruins wipe the ice with Montreal today, and that made my night. And yes, I watched the Red Sox too.. saw Manny crank a couple of home runs. That always makes the night better.

Funny moment of the night. At the restaurant we were at, there were some girls there (in short skirts) promoting Killians Irish Red. For anyone who doesn't know, that's a type of beer. Well, we wanted to try it, but not right away. When we got to the third period, we decided to order a round. What did the waitress say?
"The Girls left already, you know?"
I laughed out loud. That was just... unbelievable. I wouldn't have minded the Tshirt they were giving away though.

Joe Thornton just missed a sure goal. I miss him playing for the Bruins.

My sister fell asleep and her rabbit is still loose in the room. Gotta go catch a bunny. Later folks! Man... that thing poops everywhere. And it ate some of it. Ew!!